Which illnesses qualify for priority Covid jab in France?

Those deemed at ‘high risk’ of developing serious forms of Covid-19 can receive a vaccination

25 January 2021
By Connexion journalist

Reader question: Which illnesses are deemed ‘high risk’, enabling people to receive the Covid-19 vaccination? 

Many Connexion readers have written in to ask if they qualify now for the vaccination based on a varying range of illnesses. 

On January 18, the public rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine was opened to those aged over 75 and those deemed ‘high risk’. 

The government has published a list of people this covers, which you can find here (in French)

This includes:

  • People with cancer and malignant haematological diseases undergoing chemotherapy treatment
  • People with severe chronic kidney disease (including dialysis patients)
  • People who have had solid organ transplantation or hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation 
  • People who suffer from multiple chronic diseases with at least two organ deficiencies
  • People with certain rare diseases and who are particularly at risk in the event of infection
  • People with Down’s syndrome

However, The Connexion advises anyone with health issues to consult their GP to find out if they are eligible for the vaccination. 

Those who are eligible to receive the vaccine through health issues must in any case have a consultation with their GP before being vaccinated. For those not deemed ‘high risk’ due to health issues, this is optional. 

France is aiming to vaccinate as a priority the approximately 700,000 – 850 000 people considered high risk according to the above list.

Read more:

Covid-19 France: Where can I book a vaccine appointment?

Can I get Covid-19 vaccine in France without a carte vitale?

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